The Baron of Botox

The Baron of Botox

Over two decades, Dr. Fredric Brandt went from a small dermatology practice in Miami to being Madonna's personal skincare consultant and the go-to for public figures desperate to stave off aging. His clients loved him. Fashion magazines profiled him. But as Brandt continued to build his empire—a best-selling product line, pristine homes in New York and Miami, and an absurd modern art collection—he was slowly becoming addicted to his own product. Popular speculation has it that it was Martin Short's scathing portrayal of a clearly-based-on-Brandt character in the 'Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt' that pushed him to his death, but the truth is far more complicated. From Justine Harman and the team behind 'Broken Harts.'

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January 2, 2020 3 min

This is the stranger-than-fiction story of an extraordinary doctor named Fredric Brandt. A man with a surgeon's hand and an artist's eye, whose famous patients saw him as a side door to eternal youth, From Justine Harman and the team behind 'Broken Harts' comes 'The Baron of Botox,' a 10-part podcast series with new episodes publishing every Tuesday starting January 14, 2020.

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On April 5, 2015, cosmetic dermatologist to the stars Dr. Fredric Brandt is found hanging from an electrical cord at his home in Coconut Grove, Florida. Who or what led to his untimely demise?


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January 14, 2020 33 min

A peek behind the curtain and into Fredric Sheldon Brandt's challenging and formative years in post-World-War-II Newark, where his parents run a candy shop. Young Fred is exceptionally bright, but...different.


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January 21, 2020 31 min

After graduating from medical school, Brandt relocates to Miami, where he opens up a humble practice next to a Publix supermarket and invents new ways to use off-label pharmaceuticals.

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January 28, 2020 29 min

The practice expands to Manhattan, where Brandt becomes a darling. He dazzles beauty insiders with his unconventional technique, but what makes him stand out is something much harder to define.

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February 4, 2020 31 min

As Dr. Brandt's influence and fortune continues to grow, the narrative around the man with the golden hand gets taken over by professional storytellers.


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February 11, 2020 30 min

The injectables market is crowded with competition, but Dr. Brandt refuses to give up his hard-earned crown.

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February 18, 2020 33 min

What makes a beautiful face? Is it a matter of ratios or something more subtle? Experts debate one of the most divisive topics: the science of pretty.

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February 25, 2020 30 min

Dr. Brandt is at the pinnacle of his success and a favorite at dermatological summits where he always takes top billing. But he also has a target on his back, and multiple shots had been fired.

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March 3, 2020 35 min

A look into the final weeks and months of Dr. Brandt's life through the eyes of a beloved colleague.


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March 10, 2020 30 min

Five years after Dr. Brandt's death, his ghosts are everywhere. Why are we so scared to confront them?


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April 11, 2022 6 min

You never really know someone…especially online. In today’s world, the power of influence can be the quickest path to money and fame, and it often ends in ruin. These are the stories of the world’s most insidious Scamfluencers. And we are their prey. On Wondery’s new weekly series, join co-hosts Scaachi Koul and Sarah Hagi as they unpack epic stories of deception from the worlds of social media, fashion, finance, health, and wellne...

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Our family members are not always who we think. When Eleonore Richland exposed her father’s dark legacy, she vowed to clean up the family business – and hired her half-brother, Santino Reyes, to help her do it. But old habits die hard. In the shocking new third season, Eleonore reckons with what her father always taught her growing up: medicine is a bloody business. From Wondery, the makers of “The Shrink Next Door” and “Dr. Death,...

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July 25, 2022 4 min

When Emily Gellis hears rumors of people suffering horrible side effects from a trendy diet she springs into action. Armed with over a hundred thousand Instagram followers, Emily launches a social media crusade to expose F-Factor and its founder, Tanya Zuckerbrot. It’s the start of a feud that will attract trolls, lawyers, and, eventually, national media all because of fiber. From Wondery, this is a story about wealth, wellness, an...

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August 30, 2022 2 min

From Sean Kipe and Imperative Entertainment comes the story of former Georgia police officer Michael Chapel, convicted of the 1993 robbery and brutal murder of Emogene Thompson and sentenced to life in prison. However, with the recent surfacing of new information, Chapel’s story may have taken a dramatic turn – one that could potentially prove his innocence. Kipe takes a deep dive into Chapel’s past to find the unbelievable truth b...

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On the surface, there was nothing remarkable about Larry Lavin. He lived in a quiet neighborhood with his wife and family, drove a Volvo, and practiced dentistry in Philadelphia. But, from 1978 to 1984, Dr. Lavin ran one of the largest cocaine enterprises on the entire eastern seaboard. 

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